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A good pocket holster not only protects the trigger, it orients the gun for easy and consistent draws.

Concealed Carry Myth: You Don’t Need a Holster

I just carry in my belt, and my gun stays there just fine. I carry my J-Frame revolver in my pocket, no problem! I hear those statements all the time, but I know of at least seven people who would disagree with the wisdom of not using a holster. … [Read More...]

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on … [Read More...]

It's a beauty isn't it? Even with the fluted barrel, it's got target grade weight.

A Smokin’ Hot Rimfire Rifle

I just got my hot little hands on the Big Daddy of rimfire rifles: the Volquartsen .17 Winchester Super Magnum Deluxe. It's a semi-automatic with an 8-round rotary magazine much like those on the venerable Ruger 10/22. This rifle is all Volquartsen, … [Read More...]

Wicked’s Black Lace grips for the Beretta 92 are one of their hot sellers. This is what combining fashion and grip design is all about.

Grip and Grin

I think there’s been a huge misunderstanding about the whole “pink gun” controversy. Certainly, plenty of Neanderthals have mistakenly assumed pink guns equate to guns for women. Even manufacturers and retailers have mistakenly made this type of … [Read More...]

Not just 9mm, the P226 line also includes .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .22LR models.

Storied Guns: The Sig Sauer P226

“In 1853, Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser and Conrad Neher began what they thought would become a successful wagon factory above the Rhine Falls in Switzerland. Little did they know then, that their company would become one of the world's most … [Read More...]

This Outers brass cleaning rod is softer than the steel of your bore and comes in segments, so you can adjust the length for longer or shorter barrels.

Seven Things You Need to Clean A Gun

While cleaning a gun is a fairly simple chore, it really helps to use the right equipment. Improper tools and solutions can make the job harder and even cause damage to your valuable firearm. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to clean a … [Read More...]

The Etymotic GunSport Pro electronic earplugs provide most of the benefits of those bulky exterior electronic muffs, but they fit entirely inside your ear.

Gear Test: Electronic Hearing Protection

“What? Did you say something?” Sound familiar? If you go to gun ranges, you may know this scenario all too well. I’m a big fan of electronic hearing protection. The passive kinds, like foam plugs and exterior earmuffs, are perfectly safe and do … [Read More...]

PolyCase ARX ammo.

PolyCase Ammo: A Shot From The Future

You might get a hint about what exactly PolyCase Ammunition is all about from its name, specifically the “poly” part. It refers to the company’s new method of manufacturing projectiles. Not only does their technique shatter constraints of traditional … [Read More...]

This is....not the right way to clean your handgun.

How to Clean Your Handgun

Back when I was younger and even more naïve than I am now, I owned a restaurant and attended a seminar presented by the world's leading expert on cleaning things. He pointed out one thing that I remember to this day: bad mopping technique. What … [Read More...]

The P226 Air Pistols look and feel like the real thing. The real Sig's de-cocking lever is actually the safety on the air pistols. Push up to fire and down to put on safe.

New Gun Test: Sig Sauer Air Pistols

While at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, I had one of those awkward moments when you bump into someone you think you know, but you’re momentarily stumped. While at the Sig Sauer booth I saw a guy that looked very … [Read More...]

Expansion was picture perfect for all projectiles fired.

Ammo Test: Barnes TAC-XPD .40 S&W

Over the years, .40 S&W has been disparaged as a mediocre compromise round. You’ve probably heard some of the descriptions. .40 Slow and Weak .40 Short and Weak I’ve never really understood that. Sure, most cartridges have pros and cons … [Read More...]